The general exam, a two-hour oral exam composed of four fields, is taken in April or May of the second year. The purpose of the exam is to expand and deepen students’ general historical knowledge, provide them with the tools to conduct research in history, and prepare them to teach.
Students who are constructing fields for the general exam should follow the guidelines below. Please note: A student may not present more than two fields in a single national history.
These guidelines may also be found in the graduate student handbook.